- Protection is a person or thing that shields from danger, pain or discomfort, or money paid to avoid violence or prosecution.
- An example of protection is an umbrella to stand under during a rainstorm.
- An example of protection is money paid by a shopowner to the mob to avoid violence.
- An example of protection is a bribe paid to a government official to avoid being fined for doing something wrong.
protection definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- a protecting or being protected
- an instance of this
- a person or thing that protects
- a safe-conduct pass or passport
- ☆ Informal
- money extorted by racketeers threatening violence
- bribes paid to officials by racketeers to avoid prosecution
- Econ. the system of protecting domestic products as by taxing imported goods
Origin: Middle English proteccioun ; from Middle French protection ; from Late Latin protectio
protection definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. The act of protecting.b. The condition of being protected.
- One that protects.
- A pass guaranteeing safe-conduct to travelers.
- A system of tariffs or other measures protecting domestic producers from foreign competition.
- A contraceptive or barrier that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially a condom.
- Slang a. Money extorted by racketeers threatening violence for nonpayment.b. Bribes paid to officials by racketeers for immunity from prosecution.
- pro·tecˈtion·al adjective